TASK-3 dominates the background potassium conductance in rat adrenal glomerulosa cells

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In a preceding study we showed that the highly negative resting membrane potential of rat adrenal glomerulosa cells is related to background potassium channel(s), which belong to the two-pore domain channel family. TWiK-reiated acid-sensitive K+ channel (TASK-1) expression was found in glomerulosa tissue, and the currents elicited by injection of glomerulosa mRNA (Iglom) or TASK-1 cRNA (ITASK-1) showed remarkable similarity in Xenopus laevis oocytes. However, based on the different sensitivity of these currents to acidification, we concluded that TASK-1 may be responsible for a maximum of 25% of the weakly pH-dependent giomeruiosa background K+ current. Here we demonstrate that TASK-3, a close relative of TASK-1, is expressed abundantly in glomerulosa cells. Northern blot detected TASK-3 message in adrenal glomerulosa, but not in other tissues. Quantitative RT-PCR experiments indicated even higher mRNA expression of TASK-3 than TASK-1 in glomerulosa tissue. Similarly to the glomerulosa background current, the current expressed by injection of TASK-3 cRNA (ITASK-3) was less acid-sensitive than ITASK-1. Ruthenium red in the micromolar range inhibited Iglom and ITASK-3, but not ITASK-1. Like ITASK-1, ITASK-3 was inhibited by stimulation of AT1a angiotensin II receptor coexpressed with the potassium channel. The high level of expression and its pharmacological properties suggest that TASK-3 dominates the resting potassium conductance of giomerulosa cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)621-629
Number of pages9
JournalMolecular Endocrinology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 21 2002


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Endocrinology

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